BizarreMan: Somebody actually got a research grant to study kids and peek-a-boo? I'm all for science doesn't always have to have a value assigned to it. But come on, really?
Gordon Bennett: BizarreMan: Somebody actually got a research grant to study kids and peek-a-boo? I'm all for science doesn't always have to have a value assigned to it. But come on, really?Oh, I would say that it is very useful indeed. We don't perceive the world around us as it is, objectively speaking. The human mind interprets the information we receive from our senses to create a subjective mental map. That is the only world we consciously experience and the only one we know.By studying this, we can learn more about the process of interpretation and gain a greater insight into the process by which reality is mapped by our consciousness, and thus learn more not only about how we perceive, but what unknowns might be outside of our own mental constructs.
MaudlinMutantMollusk: AmbassadorBooze: BarkingUnicorn: AmbassadorBooze: Is it because kids are stupid?No, it's because "the self" is all in your head. Ask any Zen master, or 3 year-old.Do Zen masyers believe they are invisible when they close their eyes?It depends on whether they want to be or not
AmbassadorBooze: Is it because kids are stupid?
SwiftFox: gerrychampoux: Came here expecting a reference to the Bugblatter Beast of Traal.Shh. We're hiding from it./Is "Shh" a word?//How about Tsk
biglot: Yeah, we had a kitty with us for 13 years and I'd swear that that cat was thinkin' that if he wasn't looking at us ... we couldn't see him.
Just Another OC Homeless Guy: Headso: I wonder if it is some sort of evolutionary thing, when you are a small child crouching down and hiding your eyes is pretty much the only defense you have against some prey animal spotting you.I've known people who were in Special Forces and Light Infantry units. A common tactic, apparently, is to never look directly at a target, because the target will somehow sense your gaze. Ever been in a crowd, felt uncomfortable, or something tickling the back of your neck, and turned around to see someone starring at you? Yeah, that kind of creepy.
kd8our: Interesting idea. Have read similar things before.This is another drop in the bucket that shows eye contact is very important to humans. So important that it is one of the first things humans use to identify self awareness of anything. This goes beyond projections of ourselves and other humans. Think people who put eyes on boats, shields, buildings, trees, etc. Think children's drawings too. Tell them to make something alive and it will almost always have eyes and typically a face. One myth I remember is that eyes on boats kept bad luck and evil at bay or made the ship scary to real and unreal threats. I say a boat covered in spikes or other features would be more effective. However it could be that the eyes made the ship come alive to those who built and used the vessel. Eyes aren't the window to the soul they are the projection and perceived idea of a soul.I have read that the people who made those big statues on Easter Island considered it complete when the eyes were installed and at that point the statue was alive.Two co workers are terrified of rodents. They freak out more if it "makes eye contact" and thus invoking my WTF response."It looked at you? so what." My mind can't see why this would make the mouse more of a threat. Of course I have killed more mice than most people have seen.Never mind that you really can't see where a mouse is looking and they have shiat vision anyways. However this seems to make the mouse "more real" with perceived eye contact. It gives the mouse a motive in their minds. This also occurs in animals without traditional eyes. In that case our mind will give them eyes and almost always 2 human like eyes.The other end of the question is what of the blind? It would be interesting to see data from people who have gone blind and those who were born blind. Mainly people who have intact brains but damaged or malformed eyes.
Mangoose: The first real memory I have centered around me shutting my eyes as tightly as I could because I didn't want everyone else seeing what I see. I was terrified.
AmbassadorBooze: BarkingUnicorn: AmbassadorBooze: Is it because kids are stupid?No, it's because "the self" is all in your head. Ask any Zen master, or 3 year-old.Do Zen masyers believe they are invisible when they close their eyes?
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